WESTFIELD — Westfield Elementary School kicked off its week-long Dr. Seuss celebration on Feb. 25, with Drop Everything and Read. Students joined The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax and Thing 1 and Thing 2 for stories in the media center.
Throughout the week, students celebrated with Reading Is Fundamental, known as RIF, and received a free book. Dr. Seuss characters greeted students, faculty and staff by distributing books marks and reading in the Seuss-inspired media center. A Seuss-themed door decoration contest ignited school spirit and inspired reading.
On Monday, students wore their favorite hat to school. On Tuesday, students wore green for Grinch day to remind everyone that all people can change and show kindness through their words and deeds. On Wednesday, students were spotted wearing crazy socks in honor of the story Fox and Socks. On Thursday, students wore brightly colored T-shirts from nearby and far away places to celebrate the book “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” Students, faculty and staff celebrated the life and lessons of beloved children’s author Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel by wearing Red and White on Friday.
Before Read Across America week, Ms. Slawter, the school library media coordinator, set a school reading challenge, for the whole school to read more than 10 million words in a month and a half. The school exceeded its goal and celebrated by watching the movie, “The Lorax,” at the end of the week. Westfield’s Read Across America celebration is part of Westfield’s yearlong mission to foster a love for reading and learning in all students.